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Disoriental Negar Djavadi
Disoriental is an extraordinary novel brimming with stories of a woman’s identity born out of the turbulent clash of old and new cultures. And what a story it is! Born to politically active parents during a time of great upheaval in Iran, nothing about Kimia or her family life was typical. Revolution, displacement, fear and loss during her early life contributed to Kamia’s sense of being different. Now as an adult at the brink of a significant decision, one that others would condemn,Kamia turns to the reader and asks us to listen in order to understand. She tells us that Iranians use the power of words to feel alive, to forestall fear.They tell stories which open to reveal other stories so she begins with a family tale of old world Persia and then moves back and forth in time telling the stories that shaped her. The history, politics, cultural identity and family dynamics that fill these tales are woven together like a beautiful oriental rug that delights the eye.
Djavandi gives Kimia the voice of a singular storyteller whose words have the power to entrance and move you,the reader.
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Shortlisted for the 2018 National Book Awards
One of The Globe & Mail's Best Books of 2018
WINNER: Le Prix du Roman News, Style Prize, Lire Best Debut Novel 2016, la Porte Dor e PrizeKimi Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimi is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them. In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph. Yet it is Kimi herself--punk-rock aficionado, storyteller extraordinaire, a Scheherazade of our time, and above all a modern woman divided between family traditions and her own "disorientalization"--who forms the heart of this bestselling and beloved novel.